Meanderings – March 6, 2019

Everyone is invited to be present to help celebrate the completed renovation of the Kimble County Historical Museum at 2101 North Main and Hospital Drive. An open house of the facility will feature a free tour Saturday afternoon, March 23, from 2:00 to 5:00 o’clock. Plan to attend and enjoy displays that relate the history of our area from prehistoric days until the present time. First and foremost, the museum is a tribute to hardy pioneer settlers who faced untold hardships and sometimes death, to tame a wild frontier now known as Kimble County.
Another upcoming and important event will be the twenty-fifth outing sponsored by Kimble County Historical Commission at Seven Hundred Springs on Saturday, April 27. It is through the generous hospitality of Lee Pfluger and his family that the event has been possible. In previous years, attendees have registered from throughout the nation and beyond.
Notice of all upcoming events that involve Kimble County Historical Museum are duly posted adjacent to the entrance door of Kimble Museum.
Sincere condolences are extended to those who are bereft of loved ones. A wonderful lady and our longtime friend, Eula Pinkerton Murr, passed away Thursday, February 28, and services were Monday, March 4. She was laid to rest beside her husband, the late Edwin Davis Murr, in the historic cemetery at Fort McKavett.
Ronald Simmons, Jr., grandson of the late Thomas M. and Elsie Saunders Simmons, longtime Junction residents, died recently. Our hearts grieve with his parents, Ron and Frieda Simmons of Kerrville and other kin. I also read of the January 26 death of Terry Lee Wools, whose widow is the former Katie Timms. Services were Saturday, February 23, in Junction.
Danny Doyle Whitaker, son of the late Alvin and Ima Dell Cottle Whitaker, passed from this earth Saturday, February 23, and services were Thursday, February 28, with military rites in the Junction Cemetery. The Cottle family was related to George Washington “Wash” Cottle, a member of the Gonzales Ranger Volunteers who accompanied George Kimble to the Alamo 183 years ago. Cottle County in Northwest Texas is the namesake of “Wash” Cottle.
John Martinez, JHS band director, was guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of Junction Rotary Club. He was introduced by Mike Zaborowski, program chairman for the week. An interesting portion of the presentation was an exercise in coordination.
During a recent telephone conversation with Colonel Robert Ake (U.S. Army, retired), he reported the historic Noxville schoolhouse has been undergoing some needed renovation. The building is on the property of Dr. Greenley, who has been the mastermind behind the project. The schoolhouse is still used as a voting site for Kimble County residents in that area. We applaud persons interested in preserving history!
Robert, son of my cousin, Gene Royce Ake, will be keynote speaker at the Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 27, in Junction.
Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 10, whether or not we are ready for the change in our schedule!
Rick Heath of Norman, Oklahoma, telephoned to inquire of the origin of the name of our city. The town of Junction, formerly Junction City, was named for the convergence of the South, North and Main Llano rivers.
Dr. Kenneth Byrd of Indianapolis, Indiana, has mailed extensive genealogy concerning the heritage of his forebears, Joseph and Mary Harlow Griffith Bishop, to the archival files of the local historical museum. Mary Eliza Bishop (1818-1901) is buried in the Wooten Cemetery on Cajac Creek. Joseph, a Confederate veteran, was her son.
A communique’ from David Williams relayed information of the upcoming Spring meeting of Edwards Plateau Historical Association to be held Saturday morning, May 4, at the Wedding Oak Winery on Main Street (Wallace Street/Highway 190) in San Saba, with presentation of historical papers to begin at 10:00 o’clock. Among the histories to be related are “Deacon Jim Miller and the Infamous Williamson Murders” and “Significant Texas Republic Engagements with First Americans in San Saba County”. The architectural features of the 1911 San Saba Courthouse will be related during the program, and a tour of the restored Courthouse will follow. Our friend, Marilynn Johanson, is hospitality chairman for the event. Marilynn has roots in Kimble County, as she is a descendant of the Stephen family.
Mardi Gras (or “Fat Tuesday”, as the Lenten season begins Wednesday, March 6) is near at hand and will be celebrated March 5.
Thank you for reading “Meanderings”!

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